ERIC Number: ED472311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
African Virtual University: The Case of Kenyatta University, Kenya. Commonwealth Case Studies in Education.
Juma, Magdallen N.
This booklet describes the African Virtual University (AVU), an interactive instructional telecommunications network established to provide distance education to the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. The AVU was piloted in 1997-1998, and in the 1998-1999 academic year, 27 institutions were slated to offer AVU courses. Supported by the World Bank, the AVU offers new technologies to overcome barriers to higher education in Africa. The program appears to be a promising innovation, but pertinent issues related to sustainability require serious consideration. Among these is the issue of cost. The program is heavily capital intensive, especially in the purchase and maintenance of the satellite receiver equipment, which the universities will have to shoulder when World Bank assistance is phased out. With proper management, accountability, strategic planning, and marketing of AVU programs, there is great hope and promise for the AVU to revitalize university systems in Kenya and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa. (Contains 19 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Program Descriptions, Satellite Facilities, Virtual Universities
Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, United Kingdom (5.99 British pounds). Web site: http://www.thecommonwealth.org.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth Secretariat, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: Africa